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Georgian College inspires with virtual reality experiences at SWERVE event

Some technologies are made for entertainment. Some, like virtual reality, can also help us explore new careers, improve worker skills, or give us an up-close look at places we’ve never been.

Through their immersive technology team, Georgian College will be helping visitors “Touch the Future,” an exhibit at the Nuclear Innovation Institute’s SWERVE event, a free public festival running from September 9 to 11 at the Southampton Coliseum.

Each of SWERVE’s exhibit pods and new technology encounters will invite visitors of all ages to experience a hands-on feel for how we will live, work and play in the future.

In addition to doing a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, riding a virtual roller coaster, and stepping into the ring of a Cirque du Soleil show, visitors will experience a variety of immersive virtual reality technologies that Georgian is currently using as part of their students’ curriculum.

Here's a sneak peek of a few of Georgian’s experiences you’ll find at SWERVE:

VR marine navigation simulation demo: Did you know that Georgian's Owen Sound Campus is home to one of the world’s largest maritime navigation simulators?

At SWERVE, Georgian will give visitors a look into how they use VR maritime navigation to train students to pilot massive ships like tanker vessels.

AugmentedArc welding: Miller Electric will be joining Georgian at SWERVE to demonstrate a highly realistic welding simulation.

Users don a shield that uses augmented reality to learn welding techniques—and while SWERVE visitors won’t move on to using real welding equipment just yet, they’ll experience how VR can help students perfect their skills as they learn the ins and outs of welding.


Gravity Sketch: We see and think in 3D, so why not design, create and collaborate in 3D?

Companies around the world like Ford, Bell Helicopters and many more use Gravity Sketch to design cars, helicopters, furniture, running shoes and anything else they can imagine.

“Georgian is thrilled to collaborate with NII to deliver an immersive, hands-on experience using some of our innovative simulation technologies as a part of SWERVE this year,” said Dave Shorey, Executive Director, Georgian College Owen Sound Campus.

He added: “Virtual reality, extended reality, and simulation-based learning is a key part of the Georgian experience across all seven of our campuses. Our Owen Sound Campus integrates next generation simulation technology in our health, marine, skilled trades and technology programs to create the best learning environment for our students and ensure our graduates are job-ready."

Set a calendar reminder so you don’t miss out—the event takes place over three days at the Southampton Coliseum in Saugeen Shores, Ontario:

  • Friday, September 9 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

  • Saturday, September 10 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Sunday, September 11 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

A first-of-its-kind event, SWERVE is supported by NII’s Founding Members, the Power Workers' Union and other partners committed to bringing unique STEM opportunities to Bruce, Grey, and Huron counties.

Stay tuned for other partnership announcements, contest news and more in the coming weeks leading up to the event—follow along at, on Instagram @NIIExplore and Facebook @OntarioNII.


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